As well as you or your colleagues picking up on eating disorders warning signs, it is also possible that pupils will raise concerns about a peer if they’re worried, or a pupil may even talk directly to a teacher or other member of school staff if they’re concerned about themselves. Whilst knowing the risk factors […]
This is a presentation which went with my talk ‘Working with teachers and students to develop an eating disorders prevention and support programme’ at EDIC 2012
Some behavioural signs can be quite hard to pick up on but some are really strong clear indicators that a young person is suffering from an eating disorder. The thing with many of these signs is that on their own they can usually be explained away, but if you see them in combination, or you’re […]
A special message from BEAT as it’s eating disorder’s week. This year the campaign encourages people to seek help for themselves of someone they care for. BREAK THE SILENCE and help Beat Eating Disorders.
In the medical profession, we use a term ‘Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified’ (EDNOS) as a catchall for anyone who displays eating disorder like symptoms or thought patterns but who doesn’t meet the diagnostic criteria for the major disorders Anorexia, Bulimia or Binge Eating Disorder. Not all eating disorders sufferers fit neatly […]
Many teachers that I’ve worked with have felt that helping pupils with eating disorders was either beyond their remit, or something they felt totally unqualified to do. I feel strongly that school staff are in an excellent position to spot and support eating disorders and that with appropriate training, teachers and other school staff can […]
One thing that never fails to shock me is the general attitude towards binge eating disorder. I’ve heard all manner of very negative aspersions cast which generally all point towards the idea that someone suffering from binge eating is simply lazy and fat and that if they wanted to change they could. Well, here’s a […]
These days, dieting is so commonplace that it’s often accepted as the norm rather than the exception. So if you’re a teacher, or a parent at what point should you be concerned that your pupil or child is suffering from an eating disorder rather than just dieting along with all their peers?
I thought it would be helpful to dispel a few urban myths about eating disorders which you likely come up against often. Perhaps you’d like to leave a comment with some of your own too?
Collaboration between school and parents can result in very positive support for pupils with eating disorders. How can we maximise that relationship?